PhD Studentship: Turbulent Combustion of Multi-Component Fuel Sprays

Ref: AACE-AFM-119

Deadline: Applications will be accepted at any time until the position is filled.

The Faculty of Engineering and Environment at the University of Southampton is seeking an outstanding candidate to undertake PhD research in computational turbulent reacting flows.

Gasoline, diesel and all practical fuels are blends of many fuel components with different physical properties. These differences are increasing, partly due to the introduction of bio-fuel components, and modern engine designs need to take account of multi-component fuel properties. Our research objective is to develop modelling for direct injection combustion systems which accounts for multi-component fuels.

This research project will use direct numerical simulation to study the evaporation and combustion of multi-component fuel sprays. The project requires you to develop research software in order to model multi-component fuels. You will use these developments, and cutting edge super-computing resources, to perform a series of numerical simulations which reveal the effects of multi-component fuels in turbulent spray combustion. The simulation results need to be analysed in order to understand the effects of multi-component fuels, and to create advanced models for use in engine design.

To be successful in this project you need to be self-motivated and have a strong aptitude for analysis of physical problems (especially fluid mechanics and thermodynamics), and you must be comfortable developing computer models. To be considered you must have or be expecting a good 4-year or MSc degree (preferably 1st class) in a relevant subject, (Engineering, Maths, Physics). You will also need strong written and oral communications skills – the ability to publish and present scientific results is essential.

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You will join the Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics group. The group has particular expertise in the measurement, simulation and modelling of turbulent flows. The University of Southampton is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research centres in the field of fluid mechanics.

For informal enquires please contact: Dr Edward Richardson,, +44(0)2380594897

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